When WWW – world wide web – came into existence, it was meant to share information over the Internet, from there part through natural evolution and part through webcomics driving innovations, Internet & www has exponentially evolved and now is basically controlling all of our lives; to the point that it is hard to imagine now how the world functioned before the time of the Internet.
Organizations, governments, and people all depend on this. Try getting a website online without any protection, and you will immediately start seeing some traffic hits on your site. It is not because your site is something that everyone is looking for, but it is more because there are bots on the Internet that are continually looking for sites that can be exploited.
This is how an automated cyberattack happens:
Cyber attacks on-site happen for many reasons; it could be to steal private data, for some financial gains or just pure malicious reason.
A cyber attack on your website can be painful and can have a catastrophic effect. Hackers generally try and exploit security vulnerabilities found in mobile or web applications to reach your site backend;
Type of cyberattacks
During a reconnaissance cyberattack, hackers try to get information of a website and see where the vulnerabilities lie, the intruder queries the alive IP in the network and then for the ports to determine the type and version of the application and operating system running on the target host. This is generally done through automated bots, and it is due to this that when a website goes online immediately, there is an uptake of traffic and bots around on the Internet.
Once vulnerabilities are found in a site, hackers then weaponize the requests based on the vulnerabilities found and launch cyberattacks.
Depending on the intention, the attack against the website can be launched either to bring down the whole site altogether or to escalate from there.
Command & Control:
If the hackers choose not to bring the site down, then using the exploit, he might try to get control of the internal system or privilege control for the exfiltration of data from the targeted website or to infiltrate some financial crime.
How to keep your site secured:
One of the first steps to protect your site is to put your site behind a firewall.
The next move is to not have a vulnerable application out on the web or on the mobile device that you are using to connect to your admin panel.
App vulnerabilities can be found through automated scans. There are multiple automated scans out there, but a good scanner should be able to crawl the application, mimick user behavior to identify different workflows, and identify vulnerabilities.
But, an automated scan alone is not enough to ensure an application is thoroughly tested from a security perspective. Some flaws, require a human to be in the loop to exploit and verify the vulnerability.
For this only Manual Pen Testing (MPT) can provide identification and manual validation of these vulnerabilities.
Pen Testing will also validate all authorization test cases as well in which they will try to bypass the authorization mechanism and access authorized pages/files/data from unauthenticated user/less privileged user.
Once the vulnerabilities are found, the application vulnerability needs to be fixed before the application goes live so that there is no application that is vulnerable and can be exploited by attackers.
If you value your site, especially if it powers your business, it is best to search and discover only the best solutions to protect it. There are a lot of good option in the cyberspace that provides a comprehensive view of vulnerabilities found in the application. Based on these, customers can ensure their web apps and websites are always secure, and there are no assets that are vulnerable, which can be exploited by attackers.